The City of Pickens is excited to announce the commencement of construction on Town Creek Park. The General Contractor on this job is J Davis Construction and the City’s engineer is Darrohn Engineering. Elevated Trail Design will assist J Davis Construction with installation of bike-specific riding features. J Davis Construction will have signage and major lay down areas at the recreation center and at the Playground of Promise indicating the limits of work during construction. The entire master plan for the project will take several years to complete, but can be viewed at the recreation center and towncreekpark.com. The lower recreation center parking lot will be closed until Fall 2014 when construction is complete. Please be aware that Town Creek Trail and parts of the Playground of Promise are a construction site. No one will be permitted to enter the area unless you are an authorized representative of the City wearing a hard hat, being escorted by a J Davis site representative, and have listened to a safety briefing outline the rules and regulations of the job site.
Starting Monday, March 24, 2014 through April 18, 2014, the Playground of Promise, Tennis Courts and Town Creek Trail will be closed for construction. During this time some playground equipment and fencing will be removed so that construction vehicles can access the trail. In addition, there will be some tree removal which is why the overall area is closed. Additionally, a 70ft long recycled bridge will be moved into the trail area through the playground. Once the bridge is in place, it is likely the tennis courts and parts of the playground will be reopened after April 18th.
Major features of this project include:
- 3,000 linear feet of new dirt, single track trail for hikers and bikers
- A paved 8 ft wide greenway called the “Appalachian Lumber Greenway”. The greenway will follow most of the existing trail along the historic Appalachian Lumber Company railroad route and provide a multi-use and ADA compliant path between the recreation center and the playground
- New 70 ft span recycled steel bridge over a tributary of Town Creek
- 3,700’ Flow Coaster Bike Track Designed by Ride Garden —wooden and earthen track with balance beams, dirt jumps, earthen rollers and wooden banked turns in a continuous loop intended for both beginner and advanced riders
- Pump Track – small loop circuit constructed of earthen riding features with hips, roller sets, and an earthen bowl at one end of the track
- Signage and map boards installed at each trail head
The total construction budget is $765,000. The City received a $400,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and $100,000 grant from the SC Recreational Trails Program. The City put in cash match from the hospitality tax account, which is restricted by state law to only be used on tourism related activities. The vision of this park is to be a state of the art riding facility which draws riders of all levels from across the Southeast. Construction will be completed on the Appalachian Lumber Greenway by July 1st and the rest of the construction will be completed in Fall 2014.
Stay tuned on www.towncreekpark.com for the latest news and pictures of the construction.